The Call focuses
on Jordan Turner (Halle Berry), an experienced 911 operator who takes
over a call from a young woman (Abigail Breslin) caught in the clutches
of a serial kidnapper/murder from Turner’s past.
This dramatic look at the end of the Pacific efforts of World War II from director Peter Webber (Hannibal Rising)
focuses on General Bonner Fellers (Matthew Fox) as he’s charged with
deciding the fate of the Japanese emperor — whether or not he should be
executed as a war criminal — while attempting to find an exchange
student he met in the US.
Sam Raimi (the Spider-Man trilogy) tackles the
backstory of the greatest and most powerful wizard this side of Gandalf;
that would be Oz (James Franco), who starts off as a small-time
magician before landing in an enchanted land in dire need of rescuing.
Much like Tyler Perry panders to his base, Nicholas Sparks just keeps
churning out soapy affairs about couples that meet and need to overcome
their dark secret pasts in order to find happy ever after together and
audiences can’t seem to wait for the next installment.
I have to admit to a little critical bias here. Having grown up in the 1980s with Porky’s and Meatballs, Risky Business and the whole oeuvre of John Hughes, I’m finding it hard to get excited about any teen debauchery comedy since Project X
swept through theaters because, in my estimation, that’s the new